About this trip idea
The Heartland Wine & Ale Trail spotlights the flavor of local wineries and breweries in scenic eastern Indiana and western Ohio. With the many stops along the trail, you will find this journey to be a refreshing retreat for both the wine and ale enthusiast. Each tasting room on the trail offers its own unique experience, from country settings to cozy nooks loaded with charm. Enjoy the many interesting towns, restaurants, historical sites, and antique shops as you travel the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail!
J & J Winery—Each of J & J Winery’s twelve wines are named after a Greek god or goddess. One of their featured wines the Dionysus Barber (Greek god of wine and fertility), is a chocolate raspberry wine that pairs well with their portabella gouda pizza baked in their Italian brick oven. The winery sits on a historic farmhouse property surrounded by trees and footpaths that make for a beautiful view from their one of their many deck seating areas.
Noble Order Brewery—Located on the same property with J & J Winery. Noble Order pride themselves on brewing European traditional beers. They use real ingredients in their beers; no artificial flavors or adjuncts. There are six brews on tap daily.
Norris English Pub—Take a seat at the bar if there’s one left! This is a fun English-themed atmosphere housed in a restored 1930’s filling station! Norris English Pub serves their own craft beer in what is the closest to a real English Pub in eastern Indiana. You’ll love the ales and bitters and not to mention fish and chips, Scotch eggs, and bangers and mash on their menu.
New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room—Named after Ezra Boswell, a one-eyed Quaker, who opened the Boswell Brewery in 1816, the first brewery in Indiana. New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room is the first Microbrewery in Richmond since Prohibition ended in 1933. They have eight fine handcrafted ales on tap as well as ginger ale and root beer. Special ingredients they use for their brews include bergamot, kumquats, and Tarrazu coffee. You’ll enjoy the warehouse feel of their tap room.
Legacy Lane Vineyard—Legacy Lane grows and cultivates chambourcin and traminette grapes on their farm which are used in making three of the six signature wines offered. Their selection of wines includes Chambourcin, Traminette (Indiana’s signature wine), plus many others.
Roscoe’s Coffee Bar & Tap Room—Offers a lineup of rotating, specialty, craft beers that cannot be found ‘on tap’ anywhere else around the area. You’ll find international and Indiana made brews to quench your thirst. Built as a tinning shop in 1892, the depot location of Roscoe’s still has the original decorative tin ceilings and old wooden floors but has a comfortable, contemporary vibe much like their coffee and beer.
The Cordial Cork/Melton Renzulli Wines—Melton Renzulli Wines came into play in 2010 but just recently opened The Cordial Cork in Richmond’s Historic Depot District. The wines are as uniquely named as their taste: Rude Barb a Rhubarb Chardonnay, Wined Up Toy an Australian Shiraz, Black Cab a blackberry Cabernet Sauvignon, and so on. Their building is a remarkable 1890’s wholesale distribution shop with many of the original fixtures still intact.
Wilson Wines—Located in an old blacksmith’s barn off a country road, Wilson Wines produce a variety of ten white and red wines from the family vineyard along with several fruit wines. Warmer weather brings a good time at Wilsons on Friday evenings when they have their “BYOM” (bring your own meat) night...the grills will be fired up to cook your steaks, burgers, or whatever you find tasty to go with one of their delicious wines. Concerts are almost always a given on the weekends at Wilson Wines too.
The fun continues at five destinations in Western Ohio, including A.R. Winery, Olde Schoolhouse Winery, The Winery at Versailles, Kennedy Vineyard, and Big Rack Brewery.